English Language Institute
Holloway Hall

Director's Welcome

Director, Sam Song, PhD The fact that you are reading this message indicates that you are already interested in the English Language Institute (ELI). Before you make any decision about whether or not to pursue your studies with us, I would encourage you to ask yourself a couple of questions: How do I want to benefit from my ELI experience at SU? How can I maximize this benefit?

The answers to these questions can be found in the philosophy that underlies our curriculum design and instructional strategies:

We believe language is most effectively acquired when you put it to use purposefully. Moreover, the diverse needs of our learners and their various learning styles are always at the very center of our curriculum development and instruction design at the SU ELI. This careful attention to each individual student and applied approach are clearly demonstrated in what we commit ourselves to:

  • Diversified curriculum designed to meet the various needs of each learner, including the ability to communicate academically and socially with confidence;
  • Ongoing support by helping students mingle with native English language speakers in order for students to benefit from constant language and cultural exchange with native English speakers
  • Integration of language studies with each learner’s academic interest by providing language acquisition courses in the academic areas which are taught either by SU academic faculty members or professionals who are specially trained in the field.
  • Individualized tutoring services provided to students who need more assistance with language acquisition. 

If this kind of personalized and applied ELI program sounds like the challenge you are looking for, we welcome you to apply to the ELI at Salisbury University!

Sam Song, Ph.D./Director
English Language Institute
Center for International Education, Salisbury University

Our Mission

The mission of our ELI here at Salisbury University is to provide high quality English acquisition courses and a smooth transition to U.S. culture for international students, professionals and other non-native speakers by means of an intensive English program.

To accomplish our mission, the Salisbury University English Language Institute upholds the following objectives:

  • Improve both the English language and study skills of our international learners in preparation for study at an American college or university, or for personal or professional purposes.
  • Deliver the cultural knowledge and awareness necessary to transition from life and study in their own countries to the U.S.
  • Offer a superior quality of student support and administrative services.
  • Maintain the highest standards of English language instruction by employing and developing capable, dynamic and experienced faculty members.
  • Foster an intellectual atmosphere where professional development is supported, appreciated and pursued by all faculty.
  • Enrich the Salisbury University campus and faculty at large by encouraging multi-cultural communication and interaction.
  • Advance Salisbury University’s professional reputation for excellence by receiving English Language Program accreditation and supporting a community-wide effort to promote an international, cross-cultural learning environment.